CLASS OF 2017
Carol R. Dyson followed her passion – the visual arts – from the Midwest to Washington, DC where she completed an undergraduate degree and graduate studies in Art History at Howard University. Currently she serves, in a part-time capacity, as Curator in Residence for all the Busboys and Poets restaurants in Washington, DC.
Additionally she curated several exhibitions for Black Artists of DC, including:“Black Artists of DC: A Legacy of Excellence,” at Howard University’s Blackburn Center (2016)“Carnivale,” at the Pepco Gallery, Washington, DC, co-curated with Carolyn Goodridge, curator for Art Impact USA (2016) and “At War with Ourselves: The Battle for the Black-Face Boy (Poem by Nikky Finney) - A Visual Response (2015), Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood, MD.
She also co-curated, “Implicit Bias,” with Shanti Norris, Executive Director of the Smith Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery (2015) and helped organize the 10th Anniversary Artomatic exhibition at Busboys and Poets.
Her thesis exhibition at MICA explores the lineage of socially engaged art from the Black Arts Movement to contemporary responses by local and international Africana Artists.
Her greatest joy comes from being “Grammy” to three wonderful grandchildren and “Mom” to two fabulous children.
Liz Faust majored in Art History, General History and Museum Studies at
Juniata College in PA where she also minored in French. Before coming to
Curatorial Practice, Faust, originally form Frederick, MD, also interned shortly at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Currently, she is working with a local public sculptor, David Hess. Her thesis entitled, the Gun Show, focuses on using Hess’s one hundred mock assault rifles made out of found household and industrial objects to create a platform for communication between those who stand on both sides of the issue. The show is set to travel: to Memphis, TN; Raleigh, NC; New York City, NY; Johns Hopkins and UMBC, MD.
Betty Gonzales majored in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD where she developed an interest in curating and community engagement as a gallery assistant on campus. She is originally from Texas but has resided in Maryland for over 10 years.
Betty has an invested interest in the city of Baltimore, its people, and its unique art scene. She is currently working on an augmented reality and online exhibition addressing issues of urban renewal by reimagining vacant storefronts throughout the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of walking tours focusing on the history, design & uses of key sites representative of the area’s heritage, culture, and development.
Dasol Kim is contemporary artist, painter, curator, educator, and writer. She currently studies MFA in Curatorial Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has a BFA in Painting from MICA and studied MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) for one year during her undergraduate years at MICA. She interned in non-profit art organizations and public schools as an art teacher, and taught children through teenagers art during the past summers at Columbia Art Center and VisArts at Rockville. She is originally from In-Cheon, South Korea. Her works explore memory, comfort, nature, dream, space, repetition, abstraction, the combination of both realistic and abstract features, and visions of symbols. She had her first solo exhibition which is selected and promoted by the Raw Artist Showcase at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
Additionally, she had group exhibitions in MICA and throughout the Baltimore City. She is also a 2013 recipient of the Travel Grant from Winifred M. Gordon '28 International Programs Awards. As a curator and artist, she is interested in developing communication with viewers and supporting local artists. With her background of living in the two different countries, she has a vision to curate meaningful and influential shows that all artists, curator, and audience can benefit and address significant issues around today.
SHEENA M. MORRISON
Sheena M. Morrison comes to MICA from a background in various disciplines: community health education, history of public health and medicine, digital photography, plus experience in and multi-media exhibitions. She brings the knowledge and practice of these disciplines and multiple social identities to her role as curator. Influenced by personal, academic and professional experiences, her interest and commitment to diversity is paramount. She delights in the opportunity to bring to light new ideas and hidden assumptions that examine and celebrate the human experience in all of its joys and sorrows.
Fitsum Tefera is a painter and curator from Ethiopia. He has worked as a junior curator at the National Museum of Ethiopia for more than three years and he taught basic drawing at undergrad for ten months at the Fine Art School, Addis Ababa University before joining MICA. He joined MICA because of his interest in contemporary curatorial practice. He will be the first Ethiopian going to do a MFA in contemporary curatorial practice and he is part of a new general of African curators. Studying at MICA will help him to bring the ambitious art scene of his region to the international stage.
In 2012 Fitsum co-founded the ʽ1957Initiative’ to celebrate annually through art events the liberation of African countries from colonialism. His recent curatorial experience include ʽ1957 Art show’ which took place at the National Museum of Ethiopia in May 2013 on the occasion of the 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the African Union. In 2013, He co-curated NIGS painting exhibition by Mezgebu Tessema, one of the most prominent realistic painter in Ethiopia. He was also part of the curatorial team for Addis Art fair that was held in 2014 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Fitsum has participated in several curatorial workshops and residencies including Independent Curators International curatorial workshop and CCA, Lagos Asiko International Art School curatorial residency program in Maputo, Mozambique.